How Facilities Managers Can Benefit From IoT
The Internet of Things is changing the reality for facilities managers. The ability to access real time data is impacting on our ability to manage the workplace. Plus, it is helping us to meet the challenges of managing facilities in a way that really adds value to the organisation.
Internet of Things is bringing together mobile technologies, sensors and big data analytics. It is revolutionising the way in which we envision and manage our buildings. There are many benefits for facilities managers. You can deal efficiently with service requests and improve safety and security, operations and utilities management, and lots more.
The capabilities of sensor infrastructure
Sensors can deliver valuable insights into how space is used. And this drives workplace optimisation. By understanding when and how space is used and the applicable timeframes, facilities managers can determine actual workspace utilisation rates in real-time. This, in turn, enables you to identify and optimise underutilised space and set live capacity KPIs.
However, the capabilities of the sensor infrastructure don’t stop there. These sensor networks also monitor the workplace environment including emissions, temperature and light. Additionally, these factors can impact on employees’ health and wellbeing too. Increases in C02 levels have been shown to directly impact productivity. Sensor activity can advise users when to take a break. Or to optimise building airflow to react to ventilation needs.
Enhanced maintenance for facilities managers with real-time tracking
The ability to monitor and track assets in real-time enables today’s facilities managers to capture and react to real-time diagnostics and fault detection. Business continuity is maintained when IoT capabilities are leveraged to prevent critical failure. Plus, are also able to set alerts or early warning notifications.
Predictive maintenance can prevent needless expense and prolong the life of an asset. Therefore this helps to mitigate the need for reactive repair and emergency equipment hire.
Optimising the workplace experience
IoT and analytics allow facilities managers to keep greater control over the building and workplace environment. Therefore improving the occupant experience. For example, beacons can be utilised to enhance the interaction between building occupants and their environment through the use of apps and WiFi technology.
The power of the IoT can also be leveraged in countering physical security threats. Also to enhance cybersecurity, preventing unauthorised access to the workplace. In terms of employee engagement, beacons can be used for push messaging and alerts and to provide real-time feedback. This, in turn, allows facilities managers to monitor the employee experience and proactively resolve real-time user issues.
The benefits of IoT for facilities managers
One of the major benefits of IoT for facilities managers is the ability to do less with more. Monitoring of occupancy, energy usage and space leads to better asset management and greater efficiencies. The use of unique identifiers and tags can greatly increase workplace compliance by identifying employees with the right training and qualifications to perform certain tasks.
The quality of the workplace has become one of the differentiators when it comes to attracting top-quality talent to an organisation. IoT can enhance the profile of an organisation by streamlining frustrating procedures and creating a seamless community and network unique and specific to your building.
With its ability to improve every aspect of the employee experience and a potentially limitless number of applications, the IoT is delivering a wide range of benefits to facilities managers who are prepared to explore the use of real-time data, analysis and predictive information.
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